The 2021 Census is being launched on 21st March and every household in England and Wales must complete the census by law.
Federation President, Christos Karaolis, said “We want to use this opportunity to make sure that our Cypriot diaspora is counted, so that Governments and Councils take us into consideration in their decision-making.”
The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK is, therefore, urging UK Cypriots to make sure they write-in “Cypriot” in the question about ethnicity. This message has been endorsed by famous UK Cypriots in a video that can be seen on the Federation’s social media pages. The video features Bambos Charalambous MP, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Dr Linda Papadopoulos, Theo Paphitis, Lord Adonis, Dame Janet Paraskeva, John Christodoulou, Tonia Buxton, and Stavros Flatley explaining the importance of responding as “Cypriot” in Census 2021.
How to write-in “Cypriot” (step-by-step):
- Select “White” in response to the question, “what is your ethnic group?”
- Select “any other white ethnic background” from the options provided
- Type in “Cypriot” in the space provided
- Click “save and continue”
When should I fill in my census?
Census Day is Sunday 21st March – but you can fill yours in as soon as you get your access code in the post. Your answers should be about the people who usually live in your household on this date – even if you’re filling it in before then.
What is the census?
The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it would be much more difficult to do this.
Do I have to take part?
If you live in England and Wales, you must take part in the census. Census information helps inform how billions of pounds of public funding is spent. By taking around 10 minutes per person to fill in the census questionnaire, you will help make sure your community gets the services needed now and in the future.
Will the government use the information I share to identify me?
No. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out the census in England and Wales. We only ever publish anonymous information from the census. In fact, it’s a crime to share personal census information and anything you tell us is protected.
How will the census make a difference to me?
The census makes a difference to everyone. It’s a once-in-a-decade chance to have your voice heard and help inform the future of your local area.
What if I cannot fill in my census questionnaire online?
We know there are some people who will find this challenging. That’s why we’re here to help with a wide range of support services. We will make it easy for you, whatever your needs. Services include:
- guidance and support in many languages and formats
- help over the phone, in a web chat or on social media
- a paper version of the questionnaire, if you prefer
- accessible census guidance, for example, in braille
Can I help friends and family fill in the census?
We’ve made the questionnaire as simple as possible. If a friend or family member needs support, help them if you can. You can also ask for help for yourself, or for someone else.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk